Fill your House with Stacks of Books, in All the Crannies and All the Nooks

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Fill your House with Stacks of Books, in All the Crannies and All the Nooks

By on October 23, 2016

Theodor Seuss Geisel. Does the name ring a bell? It probably won’t at first glance. However, if I were to tell you that some of his famous works include “The Cat in the Hat,” “The Lorax,” and “Horton Hears a Who!,” then you would definitely know who he is.

Of course, everyone knows the beloved Dr. Seuss. Not only is he famous for his words of wisdom but he is also an American writer, poet, and cartoonist who is widely known for his children’s books and illustrations.

Dr. Seuss once said, “Fill your house with stacks of books, in all the crannies and all the nooks”. What did he mean by that? It’s simple, really. He was basically encouraging everyone, particularly parents, to make sure they have enough books in their house for children to read. I am assuming that while Dr. Seuss’ words apply to all ages, these were specifically aimed at young children to help them develop a fondness for books. What brought this about?

Well, according to Wikipedia, Life magazine published a report in May of 1954, and in it, the magazine disclosed the high level of illiteracy among schoolchildren. According to the report, the reason why children were not too fond of reading was that their books bored them. Hence, Dr. Seuss was commissioned to write a 250-word book using a list of 348 words that were vital for first-graders to learn and recognize. After nine months, Dr. Seuss completed “The Cat in the Hat” using only 236 words from the list. The fact that the book used simplified vocabulary made it a hit amongst children who were just starting to read.

Other books written by Dr. Seuss that were similar to “The Cat in the Hat” became popular, too, and continuously sold numerous copies. This was a clear sign that not all is lost as far as encouraging children to read and love books went.

Personally, I love books. In fact, I consider myself a bibliophile, and as much as possible, I try to encourage my kids to develop the same love for books and reading. I’m telling you, though; it’s no easy feat. Times are so much different today. Technology has gotten more advanced, and gadgets of all kinds are within easy reach of children. I’m sure you know a handful of kids who would rather play games on their Wii, Xbox, or iPad than read books. It should be alarming, but unless parents try to do something about it, children will continue with their ways.


Most children hate reading because they think it’s boring. They would even say they don’t have time for it or the book they’re reading is too hard to understand. As frustrating as it looks, the reasons are understandable for the simple fact that children typically have very short attention span. Therefore, it’s up to you, as the parent, to think of ways to make the task appealing. You need to remember, though, that nagging, bribing, setting unrealistic goals, criticizing your child’s book choices, and making such a big deal out of reading will not get you anywhere.

Rather than force it to your child, try to make it bearable for your kid. Before long, he’ll grow to appreciate books and develop genuine fondness for these. How can you do that?

Take time to read with your kid. Grab a book and snuggle under the covers while you and your child read his favorite story. Believe me; reading together is a great motivating tool to get your child to start loving books. Moreover, since children generally consider reading a boring task, make sure to keep it fun for him. Make the storytelling or reading time interactive. Ask questions or make him finish the sentences, sort of like filling in the blanks. You’ll both have a good laugh as he thinks of the right words to finish the sentence off. You could even re-enact some of the scenes on the book or create funny sound effects while reading.

If you’re familiar with the website Goodreads, they have there an annual reading challenge wherein you will challenge yourself to read a certain number of books in one year. You can do something similar with your kid. Create a chart or graph that would serve as a visible record of your child’s reading achievements. Every time he marks his progress, he’ll feel a sense of accomplishment. This, in turn, would egg him on to continue reading.

Finally, give your child a free hand in choosing which books he wants to read. His choices would give you an idea what genre he’s interested in and you can use that knowledge to develop his interest in reading further.


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Preparing for Rosy Career Prospects in the IT Industry

By on August 18, 2014


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Choosing a college degree is something that requires much forward thinking. Other than what the student is interested in and where his skills would fit best, it is also important to think about future career prospects when choosing a college course. Building a career, after all, is what college education should prepare them for. It would be interesting to point out that computer degrees can make a difference given the current employment trends.

The information technology industry is definitely growing. Tens of thousands of companies all over the world are continuously hiring technology professionals, ranging from entry level IT staff to specialized software engineers and developers. Among the most sought after technology professionals are network engineers and software engineers. The salaries of those employed in these positions range from $75,000 to $95,000 on the average. Education and experience, of course, play a big part in the “marketability” of a job applicant for these positions.

Those who are undecided about what they want to study should explore the undergraduate programs in computer engineering offered by reputable colleges and universities all over the world. Look for a university with computer engineering faculty members who are have earned their degrees from prestigious universities. These professors and mentors should also have had considerable work experience gained from the field. An extensive course coverage is likewise necessary to prepare the student for the various industries where their technical expertise will be required. International students will also have to look for a university that is duly recognized in various countries to allow them the flexibility to choose where to seek employment.

Aside from having a computer degree from a recognized college or university, future technology professionals should also have keen analytical skills as well as effective communication skills. They should also be able to work well as part of multidisciplinary teams. Knowledge of the ethical standards and social aspects of working as technology professionals is also important. In the same way, they should also understand the impact of their training and expertise to various industries.

Learning does not end after earning a computer degree. Anyone who wants to succeed as a technology professional should always seek continuous education, building on the foundation he has gained from college whether online or not. Regularly updating his skills depending on the latest technologies available is a must. Universities and other learning institutions offer post-graduate courses as well as specialized courses to help keep computer experts abreast with trends and innovations and how these are applied in the industries they are working in.


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Business and Intellectual Property Laws

By on June 30, 2014


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Getting a degree in business is not something that you have to do before starting your own company, but it is a very good idea to consider your education first. There are many things that you can learn that will help make your company successful. Simple errors can be a huge problem when you’re running a company. Learning within the WSU online program or a similar program at a major university means that you will know of many possible mistakes in advance, allowing you to avoid them. Among other things, you are going to learn about a tricky subject known as intellectual property law. 

There are two sides to this. First, you need to know how these laws protect the things that you create. Basically, if you come up with an idea, you have some rights to protect that from theft even if it is not a tangible object. For example, you could come up with the idea for a new technology. You may write it down and tell your partner about. He can’t steal that idea and go to someone else to make it. You might not have the invention yet, but the idea is still yours. 

On the other side, you have to know when to respect the intellectual property rights that are held by someone else. Protected intellectual property includes music and artwork. If you decide to make a commercial for your company, for instance, and you use someone else’s song to do it, you could be guilty of intellectual property theft. This is true even if you record the song on your own. 

These lines can get rather thin and confusing at times, which is why being educated on the subject is so crucial. You really need to know what types of things are protected, what you can and cannot do, and what intellectual property theft means for your company. Protect your ideas and respect other’s intellectual property. These laws have gained a lot of notoriety lately because the Internet has made it so easy to pass files back and forth and obtain intellectual property without the owner’s knowledge. 


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Libreria Acqua Alta

By on June 20, 2014


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Found the most beautiful bookshop in the world while strolling in Venice and really loved it. The bookstore called Libreria Acqua Alta is so unique – books and gondolas and bathtubs? Why not! The idea is so that when the water rises (high tide = Acqua alta in Italian), the books won’t get wet.

Gondola book pile

The book shop is also home to some bookish cats, visitors could pet and take photos of…or with. At some spots, they aren’t easily visible, sleeping in their baskets, you’d only notice them if they purr.

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Italian charm

Cautious as the owners were, some books weren’t able to make it…they are then taken at the back of the bookstore, a charming corner where they are all piled up…you can go up on these piles and see what’s beyond the bookshop….just follow the books. I’ts always a good advice to take.

Follow the books


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Creating Custom Children’s Books

By on May 11, 2014
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book day

It may be difficult to motivate children to read books and other materials. However, there are innovative ways for capturing the attention and imagination of a child when it comes to reading books. A book can be customized to fit the actual real life of a kid. Parents can create custom stories that become very fun for children to read and share with friends or classmates. The personalized stories can be made online at websites that sell children’s books. The first step towards creating a custom book is to rename all of the major and minor characters of a story. For example, a child’s name can be used to represent the protagonist. Additionally, real life friends and siblings can also be introduced into a personalized children’s story.

The graphics in a custom book can also be customized with actual images that are imported and then edited. For instance, the face of a child and other people from real life can be cropped and integrated into the faces of some of the characters in the story. Additionally, custom outfits and accessories may also be added to the characters. These additions should reflect real life clothing and apparel that a child wears or has seen others wear. Books surely make excellent personalized kids gifts for occasions such as birthdays or graduation of kindergarten and primary school.

A custom children’s book can be ordered online in traditional paperback copy or digital form. For a traditional reading experience, parents and their children can hold the custom book in their hands and slowly enjoy the fun stories. Tablets and electronic book readers can also be used to read personalized children’s books with familiar themes. Electronic books may also feature interactive media such as video clips of the main characters as well as songs and audio.

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Broaden Your Horizons with an Online Education

By on March 27, 2014

Do you feel trapped in a career that you regret, yet wonder how you can possibly get the education needed for a new career while working to support yourself? Years ago this may have been impossible, but with the availability of online courses, many otherwise busy people can get degrees. Online universities, such as Monash Online, make it possible for virtually anyone to get an advanced education. Working professionals, full time parents, and others who thought there was no time in their lives for school, are surprised to learn how they can take online courses.

Online courses have flexible hours. There is no need to take time out of your busy schedule to attend a classroom at set times. Online learning brings opportunities to people all over the world. You can take courses online that you may not otherwise have the chance to take. Your online courses are portable. You can travel with your laptop or tablet and not miss a day of studies.

Taking courses online is not just for those who are seeking a new career or career change. Many professions value employees who continue with their education. There may be a promotion in the future should you obtain an advanced education on your profession. Many people simply enjoy having an ongoing education. Online programs offer this opportunity to those who do not have the time or means to attend local universities. Whether seeking a degree or not, the benefits from learning through an online education has unlimited benefits.

Online education began in the 1990’s and is not going to be going anywhere. As technology advances, the opportunities offered continue to advance as well. One of the greatest changes has been developing courses and means for students to interact with instructors and one another. Online courses use means such as video, chat, audio, and email as a few ways to communicate between students and staff. Students can communicate, study, and do projects with one another. You have the chance to meet others from all over the world. Lifelong friendships may be formed, as well as an amazing network of like professionals. This helps to eliminate any feelings of being cut off from others while procuring an education.


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Write to Understand Your Thoughts

By on January 12, 2014


Playing in the streets was something I enjoyed doing as a kid. When my neighbor playmates used to dare me to jump a little higher on the jumping rope, I was never one to disappoint. I was ready to take on any challenge then, even if getting a scraped knee was the price I had to pay for it.

Now that I’m an adult, I realize that I’m still up for a good challenge. It brings more life to my otherwise mundane daily existence.

write them down…

When this year started, I’ve been toying with the idea of joining this 500 word-a- day writing challenge. It sounds like a lot, but I know it’s going to help make me a better writer. I joined actually and been writing since day 1… When you keep doing something regularly, you eventually just get more skillful at it. It’s as if you’re firing up some dendrite in your brain’s neural system (yes, I sound as if I know what I’m talking about!), re-igniting an old skill.

Other than honing my writing prowess, I want read more and to write more, because I find that it helps clarify my thoughts. Stephen King said, “I write to find out what I think.”

Oftentimes, without realizing it, writing helps to better put your thoughts in perspective. You’d be surprised to find out things which you never thought you were thinking about in the first place. We usually are under the impression that our thoughts produce what we write. But what actually happens is, after writing a piece, that’s when we understand our thoughts more clearly. When we see things in black and white, that’s when we become truly aware of what’s in our minds.

When I get really good at this, I’m going to write a smashing biography or probably a shattering novel- although I might need a little help from a friend for inspiration and probably a writing service like Write Wisdom. At any rate, it’s good that I am determined to pursue this goal. Now I know which direction I’m headed.


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Leather Journals For People From All Walks of Life

By on November 25, 2013


A leather journal is a special item that people from many walks of life can use. It has a unique look compared to the average notebook that a person can buy at a stationery store. The people who shop for leather journals do so to satisfy a number of different purposes. Here are some examples of people who use leather journals in their daily lives.

A graphic artist may use a leather journal to make simple sketches to use as the basis for future projects. A graphic artist may keep the journal with him or her at all times so it’s easy to make a sketch whenever an idea presents itself. The artist may show the sketch book to his or her employer to demonstrate the fundamentals of an idea that needs to be explored. The employer may see a sketch and ask the artist to do some further expansion on it to see if it will turn into a viable idea for a client. In this case, keeping a leather journal can help a graphic artist progress in his or her vocation.

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my unionjack leather case

Freelance writers may find some benefits in keeping a leather journal close at hand. Sometimes freelance writers get ideas at odd times such as when they are driving or visiting a particular store. By keeping a leather journal, a writer doesn’t have to lose an idea or a bit of memorable dialogue. It can be jotted down on a page of the journal and kept for later use. A journal such as this can be thought of as a tool of the trade for a freelance writer.

A scrap booking enthusiast with a special project may find that a leather journal fits perfectly with his or her idea. For instance, the person may come up with the idea of making a scrapbook for a couple who is celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary. The gift-giver could put a gathering of photos and memories in the leather journal in a way that touches the hearts of the happy couple. The leather journal scrapbook would be a keepsake that the couple would treasure.

Finally, a young person who wants to keep a diary would have use for a leather journal. The person could set down his or her thoughts and ideas in a book that has an extra special look. The diary may be something that the youngster would hold dear for years to come.


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The Benefits of Reading to Your Kids Now that They’ve Grown

By on November 20, 2013


It has always been that parents read to their children when they were very little not only to help them learn new words and increase their vocabulary. It is a form of bonding and an early attempt in injecting in them the love of reading. But as these kids grow older and are able to read independently, moms and dads tend to reduce the time spent telling them stories and leave them to peruse books on their own.

But did you know that it’s still important to read to your kids even if they are older?

Think about it: the primary way that children learn how to read is by listening first. They enrich their vocabulary and discover the meanings of new words by hearing how they are pronounced and used in sentences. Books provide avenues for this kind of academic learning. You can start with short stories for your first grader then eventually go for Shakespeare or science fiction when your kids reach sixth or seventh grade.

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Reading to older children not only develops their vocabulary. Coupled with a question-and-answer type of interaction, it also helps them understand complex ideas or story plots. This can be done by discussing the story line with your kids after reading a chapter or the entire narrative of a book. Engage them in conversations revolving around the story by asking questions like “What do you think will happen next?” or “If you were the character, would you do the same?” or “Do you think it could have ended differently?”

Also, regardless the age of your children, reading to them encourages their love for literature. Your kids will pick up your passion for reading because they see your desire in poring over books for hours.

More importantly, spending time reading to your kids, even if they’re older, strengthens the bond between the parent and child. When your children grow up, they will surely remember and treasure those moments when you cuddled in front of their favorite book and got lost in the story together. And when they have kids of their own, they would definitely want to experience the same kind of relationship like you had with them.

It doesn’t matter if it takes an hour or just 5 minutes of each day. Reading to your kids even if they’re older will reap great benefits for your children academically and emotionally.


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Bulk Buying Books

By on October 4, 2013


BookPal, LLC is an Orange County business founded in 2005 with the vision of making bulk book purchasing as easy as possible for corporations and non-profit organizations. The company’s original focus was on healthcare titles, but seeing demand for books in other areas, BookPal soon expanded its catalogue to include books from every possible category. The company now has over three million titles, all of them available in bulk.


BookPal’s customers range from parents wishing to give copies of the same book to guests at their children’s birthday parties to orders of over 60,000 books for corporate giveaways. The company serves teachers ordering classroom novel sets for their literature courses and healthcare institutions mass ordering books for use in a clinical setting. In the winter of 2013, BookPal will expand into the ebook market, working with dozens of the leading publishers to bring this service to its corporate, educational and government customers. The company will offer a one-of-kind integration of orders between physical and ebooks, making bulk order of both books a seamless process.

BookPal is one of the fastest growing private companies in the United States. Along with their 501 non-profit partner organization, the BookPal Foundation, which promotes literacy and offers discounts to make books more affordable, the company strives to place bulk book orders in the hands of anyone who needs them.


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